Procedures for Department of Music Scholarship Applications

For Students:

  • Click HERE to access the common application form
  • Scholarship applications require submission of an unofficial transcript
  • Competition recitals require submission of print-ready program information (singers must include translations). Your applied teacher must approve the print-ready recital program information before you submit your competition application. Make sure you proof your information carefully
    • Competitions require published scores. Plan ahead to make sure you have these well before the competition day. If your pieces are in the public domain, you may submit bound scores from IMSLP
    • If you need help writing your supportive statement(s) please see a member of the scholarship committee or talk to a faculty member who can assist
    • Present yourself as luminously as possible. Promote yourself and your accomplishments as a performer, scholar, or future educator. Discuss your financial situation where appropriate

For Faculty: 

  • Please submit any and all student nomination letters to Prof. Jason Rigby by email only (). All nominations are kept strictly confidential from the student body and may be made ONLY by Department of Music faculty. A brief supportive statement about your nominee is expected, and should clearly advocate their strengths and achievements, both academically and artistically. All nominees will be screened through the TU Foundation and Registrar's Office to determine financial need. The Department of Music Scholarship Committee will vet and select the nominee and alternatives (should financial aid restrictions apply for the first choice).

Spring 2018 Scholarships


C. May Diekmann Music Scholarship for Oboe

Award: $2,595


  • Oboe player, with the expectation that the recipient will perform in the University Band or Orchestra
  • 3.0 average GPA in music courses, and 2.5 average GPA in general university requirements; if the recipient is a freshman, then the freshman must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Faculty Process & Requirements:

  • Scholarship Committee Nominates: the committee will choose an awardee based upon eligibility requirements and faculty recommendations

Scholarship Committee Decision Due Date: Wednesday, February 21


Presser Undergraduate Scholarship Award

Award: $4,000


  • Outstanding Music Major at, or after, the end of her/his Junior year
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA

Process & Requirements:

  • Awardee will be recognized publicly as a Presser Scholar, date and location TBD
  • Faculty members will submit recommendation letters to the Scholarship Committee; selection shall be based solely upon consideration of excellence and merit, without regard to race or sex.
  • Final awardee is determined by the Scholarship Committee, upon review of faculty submissions
  • Spring award, for the following Fall disbursement

Faculty Submissions Due Date: Friday, March 2, 5:00 p.m.

Submission: Send all application materials to Prof. Jason Rigby at


Sidney Lieberman Music Competition

Award: Two Cash Prizes in the amount of $1,000 and $500 to the students placing first and second


  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Must be available to perform at the Winner's Recital on 4/5/18 during Convocation


  • Award determined by audition
  • Complete common online application form
  • Submit most recent unofficial transcript

Application Due Date: Friday, March 2, 5:00 p.m.

Audition Date: Tuesday, March 13, time TBA

Recital Date: Thursday, April 5, 11:00-12:15 p.m.

Submission: Send all application materials to Prof. Jason Rigby at

Competition Rules 


C. James Velie Memorial Scholarship in Music Education

Award: $833


  • Full-time Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  • Music Education Major
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA

Student Process & Requirements:

  • Award determined by audition-interview by the selection committee
  • Submit online application form
  • Submit most recent unofficial transcript
  • Recommendation letters from two (2) TU Dept. of Music faculty members

Application Due Date: Friday, March 2, 5:00 p.m.

Audition-Interview Date: Thursday, March 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Submission: Send all application materials to Prof. Jason Rigby at


Department of Music Talent Awards

Award: $150 for each division: Brass, Carl B. Schmidt Outstanding Paper Award, Composition, Guitar, History & Culture, Jazz/Commercial, Keyboard, Music Education, Music Theory, Percussion, Strings, Voice, Winds


  • Towson University Music Major


  • Each awardee is chosen by faculty within each division
  • Award winners will be announced and will perform at the 4/10/18 Winner's Recital during Convocation

Faculty Submissions Deadline: Tuesday, March 13, 2:00 p.m.

Recital Date: April 10, 11:00 a.m.


Submission: Send all application materials to Prof. Jason Rigby at


Reynaldo Reyes Music Scholarship

Award: $1,265


  • Full-time Undergraduate or Graduate Piano Student Majoring in Performance or Music Education
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Demonstration of Contribution to the Department of Music and Financial Need


  • One winner will be determined by audition, which must demonstrate musical, technical and performing expertise in at least two contrasting styles
  • Complete Reynaldo Reyes Application
  • Submit most recent unofficial transcript
  • Submit a typed list of repertory selections from at least two different styles periods for the 15-minute live audition
  • Submit a summary of your musical involvement in the Department of Music; also describe any financial need you have in regard to your University studies - please feel comfortable sharing concerns of your (or your family's) ability to pay for your education - all submissions are kept confidential.
  • Audition criteria: must demonstrate musical, technical, and performing expertise in at least two contrasting styles
  • Applicants should attach a typed list of their repertory selections from at least two different style periods for the 15-minute live audition.

Application Due Date: Friday, April 13, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Audition Date (piano): Thursday, April 19, 11:00 a.m.

Submission: Send all application materials to Prof. Eva Mengelkoch (Dept. of Music mailbox 3095)